Turning Heads Linkup – Lilac Dress and Silk Scarf - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads Linkup – Lilac Dress and Silk Scarf

Spring is in the air! I am just waiting to sit outside on our deck and work on the blog. Nothing like waking up to the sound of birds chirping and sunshine. Today I am styling a dress from my closet, a lilac sheath with a silk scarf and peachy heels for some colorful Springtime ensemble.

Boohoo! I love my older version for the blog link up and now I got a notice that I have to join the pack and use the same inlinkz format! If it ain’t broke! So, just so you know…

Spring Cleaning

As many ladies do, it has been some Spring cleaning done in the house, both to the wardrobe and to the different rooms that just need some special cleaning once the sun hits. Such fun has been had that I have been taking out the old toothbrush to the baseboards and assessing just what I am tired of looking at, in terms of older Spring/Summer clothes.

I do this each Season and tend to hold on to some things longer than others when a top or dress has been purposely neglected and not worn for years. It was time to do some: Spring cleaning! Both my hubby and I had gone through the closets, each looking for things to donate to “Goodwill” and in my case, partly, things to sell on Poshmark.

I would joke with my hubby saying which of his 6 shirts was he willing to part with? Or how do guys get dressed? Do they all pick up a shirt and ask their wives ” Does this smell?” making this an item to wear for the day, or yet to salvage another day if the answer is no.

Spring Shopping

I have gone through a bit of a transition, I love my florals for Spring an Summer, ( see yesterday’s post on Stylish Monday ladies styling for Spring)  have found many a gingham, plaid, spicy color or solid that I love as well, and have added some pieces to this upcoming season. It is nice to add some things here and there, adding a bit of excitement and joy to getting dressed again. If you are wondering what I have been craving for Spring, read the post- My Spring Wish List. :-)

I’m a very careful shopper, and I ask ” Do I love it?”: Will it go with many things in my closet?

Today’s look is a favorite, as it encompasses comfort and style, the two things I will not part with. This silky, stretchy sheath, in a lavender shade, is a great layering piece or piece to wear with a Spring jacket, as I have here- my Gap jean jacket, I bought on Poshmark ( thrifting site). Here is a lilac dress I found on Amazon, that would be pretty for Spring. I like these current jean jackets found on The Gap. ( Here, Here)

I love a silk scarf, and this lavender floral silk scarf made a wonderful addition to my closet. This is no longer in stock, but I love this one from Etsy!

I just love the way the sun glistens on my hair in these photos! Thanks, hubby! It was a “good hair day”!

Speaking of my hubby…Next week is my hubby’s 5-0 so I’ll be sharing what we are doing for his special day.



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  • Claire Justine
    Posted at 14:57h, 14 April Reply

    Love this outfit Jess. Looks great with the denim jacket and scarf 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays 🙂 Hope you can join us tomorrow.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:13h, 15 April Reply

      Thank you Claire, I scored this dress thrifting and it is a favorite. xx

  • Jacqui Berry
    Posted at 18:36h, 10 April Reply

    So very chic Jess, love this colour on you and it’s a pretty dress paired well with your scarf. Thanks for sharing on #chicandstylish Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 10:02h, 07 April Reply

    I don’t think I’ve seen you ever have a bad hair day Jess. You look lovely in lilac.

    Spring cleaning hasn’t started here and I’m in no rush. I’m sure when the sun and warmer temps do eventually show up I might change my mind but I ususally overestimate and underdeliver when it comes to deep cleaning. I’d rather be outside enjoying the day than cleaning. Ideally I’d like to have enough money to pay someone else to come in and do it but as I need to go through stuff and throw items out it isn’t practical.


  • midlifeandbeyond
    Posted at 12:46h, 06 April Reply

    Lilac is one of my favourite colours – love the dress. Great colour on you Jess. You are making me look forward to the Summer!
    Beautiful pics as always!

  • Phyllis Lerner
    Posted at 11:23h, 06 April Reply

    Love this outfit! Lilac is such a great color and I’m thrilled it’s so on trend now.

  • Elle
    Posted at 23:07h, 04 April Reply

    Hello my friend. I love this lavender dress on you and the peachy heels are a beautiful compliment . Lol, you are so right about how easy it is for men to dress. That’s one thing I do envy about men. However, we have a lot more fun with our wardrobe . Don’t we? The silk scarf is dreamy!

  • Lorna
    Posted at 12:20h, 04 April Reply

    This is really pretty! I love the purple dress with the denim jacket, what a great combo!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Jessica
    Posted at 11:41h, 04 April Reply

    I’m loving lavender for spring! I just got a lavender dress too! 🙂
    Jeans and a Teacup

  • Gail
    Posted at 08:56h, 04 April Reply

    Spring cleaning – yes it’s time, I have been sorting out clothes, now need to start polishing and cleaning! Love your spring outfit, you always look wonderful and everything suits you so well. You are a master of careful shopping! Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

  • Alex
    Posted at 04:16h, 04 April Reply

    Such a wonderful post! thanks for sharing love.

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  • Mary The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 04:05h, 04 April Reply

    Firstly, Happy Big Birthday to Hubs for next week.
    I love the ” does this smell ” selection process, got me LAIR – laughing as I read, just made that up!!!
    Great outfit, the lilac really complements your colouring.
    Yes, I’ve been in a serious spring deep cleanse too, but mine’s going have to carry on through April – at least.
    Have a great week, Jess. Hugs, Mary.

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 17:02h, 03 April Reply

    Beautiful Spring look! I love the lavender with the denim, and the scarf is really pretty. I don’t like the new inlinkz either, it was fine they way it was. I really need to have a Spring clean of my closet…or rather closets…they’re bursting at the seams!

    Emma xxx

  • ASH
    Posted at 13:19h, 03 April Reply

    Love the colours! You look fab!

  • Heike Yates
    Posted at 09:08h, 03 April Reply

    All love the whole idea of spring cleaning, inside and out. Love your cute purple dress and those shoes! Do they come in more colors?

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:00h, 03 April Reply

      Thank you! I typically will look up like pieces if I am wearing thrifted items or last season’s. The shoes were from ASOS last year. They came in brown too. xx

  • Prissy
    Posted at 00:45h, 03 April Reply

    I love this look! I also love the scarf! I have so many scarves, and some of them are really old but still look great with anything!

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 21:51h, 02 April Reply

    That tulip hem dress is so flattering! I love the color and pretty scarf you wore with it too!

  • Amy
    Posted at 20:25h, 02 April Reply

    What a fun post! You look so pretty in lavender, and I always love how you accessorize! That scarf is gorgeous!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 19:47h, 02 April Reply

    Cute shoes Jess! Love the lilac dress and your scarf. This outfit screams Spring! I have yet to clean my closet. I don’t think I can get rid of too many things as I don’t have a big closet and while I have added new things since I started blogging there’s not an item I want to donate just yet.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • jade
    Posted at 17:29h, 02 April Reply

    omg i love your style! perfect outfit amazing


  • Swarnali
    Posted at 17:10h, 02 April Reply

    Nice outfit and the shoe too.


  • Suzanne Smith
    Posted at 17:09h, 02 April Reply

    Hi Jess! I’ve been doing a bit of spring cleaning myself and moving some furniture around as well! It’s nice to shake things up a bit every now and then! I’m loving the lavender and denim jacket and you are so great with your accessories! I’ve been thinking I would start a poshmark on my blog because I have so many nice things that I no longer wear and don’t just want to take to a thrift store! Have you sold on Poshmark?

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:26h, 02 April Reply

      Hi Suzanne! That sounds good, sometimes we need a fresh change in our houses too! Glad you like the outfit. This is one scarf that has gotten alot f wear. Yes, I have many items on Poshmark, and will add more.
      I have sold on Poshmark. If you do create a closet, let me know, as I would probably buy from you, i love your taste! I never find consigment or thrift stores worth it, as you get so very little. If anything, I donate other than Posh. 🙂

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 15:35h, 02 April Reply

    I love the shoes!!

  • This Main Line Life
    Posted at 15:12h, 02 April Reply

    Pretty outfit. Love that lilac color. I actually just got some active wear in that color and I’m excited about it.
    x, Julie | ThisMainLineLife.com

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 14:56h, 02 April Reply

    I am also really into lilac right now—it’s a great color on you!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 14:28h, 02 April Reply

    I’m so excited I’ve been ‘most clicked’ – that’s never me haha! I was meant to clean out my wardrobe last week – I’ll try at get it done at the weekend but I’m really useless at clearing out anything! You look lovely in lavender Jess :O) xx Maria

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 13:26h, 02 April Reply

    Hehe, sounds like guys can be protective over their closets too! Thanks Nancy! xx

  • Mimi
    Posted at 12:46h, 02 April Reply

    I absolutely love lilac and it is fabulous on you. Thank you for hosting us each week – it is always fun!
    Best wishes, Mimi

  • Liz
    Posted at 12:27h, 02 April Reply

    You look gorgeous as ever! Love this color on you! I’ve also been doing the same with my closet 🙂


  • Samantha Blair
    Posted at 12:05h, 02 April Reply

    I love how you’re wearing this tricky colour Jess.
    You’ve called it lilac, I’d call it light mauve … or dead-body-mauve as my daughter calls it!! Hahahahaha.
    You’ve made it look fabulous.
    Is there anything that doesn’t suit you??
    Genius styling beautiful lady!

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 11:36h, 02 April Reply

    Such a pretty color on you Jess and a great color to start spring. Love the scarf as well.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 11:03h, 02 April Reply

    Lilac is not a color I have in my closet, which I don’t know why! It is so pretty and perfect for the Spring. I may need to change that. 🙂 I love this dress on you and the shoes with it. I am going to go out to the outlets next week and do some Spring shopping (I can’t wait!) and I also hope to organize my closet over to the Spring next week!


  • Ashley
    Posted at 10:39h, 02 April Reply

    I absolutely love the scarf with this!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Lisa Richardson
    Posted at 10:17h, 02 April Reply

    As soon as I get rid of something, I find myself “needing” it. HA! I am just loving all the purples and lilacs this season. I’ve never been a fan of those colors before, but I sure am this year! Great outfit and I love the shoes! XO

  • paulasweetpea
    Posted at 09:45h, 02 April Reply

    I love your dress and shoes! I live in a 1950’s house and have tiny closets. The season change is a lot of work because I have to move shoes and clothes from my bedroom downstairs to one upstairs. The good thing is I clean out and get rid of things that I don’t wear pretty often.

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:20h, 02 April Reply

    Lovely in lilac! This is the prettiest Spring color on you!



  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:46h, 02 April Reply

    Now this is a color I’ve been craving lately for some reason!! It just seems to fresh and fun. And you don’t see it everywhere.
    I’ve been trying to clean out my closet a little. But I need to get serious….eeeek!!

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 08:21h, 02 April Reply

    Such a beautiful lavender dress!

  • Mica
    Posted at 07:53h, 02 April Reply

    What a cute lilac dress! I love the scarf with it, such a sweet combination! 🙂

    Happy birthday to your hubby too!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope your week is off to a good start! It’s been a good one here, enjoying the cooler autumn weather which is a change from the humidity! 🙂

    Away From The Blue

  • Marta
    Posted at 07:44h, 02 April Reply

    That’s a gorgeous outfit, I love the colour. I’ve done my spring cleaning as well and now I’m in the phase where I need to get some new pieces for my wardrobe and that’s proving hard to do because I’m really picky… But I’ll keep trying haha

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 07:37h, 02 April Reply

    Spring cleaning: going through the boys closets and weeding out things that are old or that I do not like. Between hand me downs and other things, it accumulates! Spring shopping? After yesterdays 2 purses and scarf at a local boutique, no more for April!
    That is a pretty dress and that scarf just is perfect!

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 07:05h, 02 April Reply

    That shade of lilac is gorgeous on you! I love all of the pretty details!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Andrea
    Posted at 07:05h, 02 April Reply

    Pinks and Purples..oh my…so very beautiful Jess. You style everything with such grace and flare!

  • Gary Melican
    Posted at 06:46h, 02 April Reply

    Love your scarf!

    Gary | https://trendfriend.io/community

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 06:24h, 02 April Reply

    Oh wow, Jess! These shades of pink and purple are so beautiful on you! I love this Spring outfit. I need to get on top of Spring cleaning myself…now if I can find the time to do it! And if all the snow would just melt!


  • grownupglamour1
    Posted at 05:36h, 02 April Reply

    So pretty in your lilac dress Jess and the pansies in the background really mean Spring has arrived for you. Hope you have enjoyed your Spring cleaning and wardrobe sorting, I need to do the same for Autumn here. I know what you me about husbands and their clothes.
    Many thanks for hosting Jess. For some reason I can only seem to be able to post horizontal shots on the new link up , my vertical shots are sideways and I cant flip them. Is there any trick I am missing here- I am tech challenged.

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:39h, 02 April Reply

    That dress is so pretty on you! I love the scarf too. I have been wanting to add a little lilac or lavender to my closet – just ordered a duster yesterday that Andrea shared, it’s from Amazon and I can’t wait to get it! I admire your shopping attitude and I am working to make better decisions and add fewer pieces to my closet. I am making a list of all the things I purchase this month so I can really analyze what I’m spending. Baby steps!!!

  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 02:42h, 02 April Reply

    Just renovated the bedroom so I had a huge clear out Jess.(you may have seen the reno post?) I only have a few items stored away now, mainly holiday wear. I’m sure the wardrobes will so be spilling again with the need to do a change over though! xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:28h, 02 April Reply

      Sounds good Laurie! I know the feeling! Yes, I cleared out much of what I don’t wear, but am adding things back in! 🙂 xx

  • Robin LaMonte
    Posted at 02:27h, 02 April Reply

    Good morning friend!
    I cleaned out my closet in March when I also do a heavy spring cleaning of my entire house.
    I actually moved vintage clothes to the front because so many of my clothes are now trending! I have tie dyed and utility clothes that are at least 10 years old plus my vintage tweed and Chanel pieces are back in fashion!
    Love the recycling of fashion trends!

    Love the lavender color on you! I don’t wear that color but I know it’s a spring color!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:27h, 02 April Reply

      Mornig Robin!
      That sounds great, I know when things are timeless, they stand the test of time, like your vintage pieces. Glad you like the look. Yes, I am excited about getting some new Spring items and mixing them with what I own. xx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:10h, 02 April Reply

    I started to clear out my closet yesterday. I told Gerben to do the same and throw away all items that he hasn t worn for years. He told me he was boss of his own closet!😂😂😂😂 I love the shoes with the dress,beautiful colors.

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